Physiological Effect Shift

Physiological effect shift ... PE Shift

By Savage

It is well known that a mental or emotional state can produce a measurable physiological effect. The mechanisms of such effect are generally well understood in most cases. Examples would include an erection and/or increased heart rate following sexual excitement, temporary muscle paralysis due to extreme fear, and increased localized blood flow causing facial erythema (reddening) due to embarrassment or anger.

On the extreme end of this spectrum with more debatable and less well understood mechanisms are phenomena such as stigmata, placebo effect and other emotionally or psychologically induced states resulting in physiological effect. Examples from this extreme end of the spectrum might include yogis being observed in the laboratory in deep trance slowing their metabolism beyond "normal" parameters, or shamans and other ecstatic religious practicioners reporting effects such as rigid paralysis, paresthesia (tingling and other localized sensations), fasciculation (involuntary muscle twitching), erythema (reddening of the skin), etc.

Medical science does acknowledge that a mental, emotional or psychologically induced state can cause significant physiological effects, though this acknowledgment should not be misinterpreted out of wishful thinking to justify mythical effects that are beyond the boundaries of what has actually been observed. Psychologically induced physiological effects do not constitute P-shifting, but medically observable phenomena that are likely to have common and well understood biological mechanisms.

To make it absolutely clear, the proposed definition of a PE-shift (physiological effect shift) is not a P-shift and does not imply any kind of paranormal or supernatural circumstances whatsoever. The proposed definition of a PE-shift is to describe measurable, observable and real physiological effects that occur as the result of a shifting experience. A strong PE-shift could no doubt be confused for a P-shift by someone who was prone to thinking more wishfully than rationally.

I will describe in detail an example of a significant PE-shift that I experienced, after collecting other accounts of experiences that match these parameters. I would initially like to see how other people describe their experiences without hearing specifically about mine.

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